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@ Our laboratory was established in the 1950s by starting theoretical research on plant growth using experimental populations [1,2]. In the 1960-1970s, our work extended to the productivity and carbon cycle of forest ecosystems [3]. Since the 1980s, we have been conducting researches focusing on the field of forest ecology. Our current main goal is to understand the origin and maintenance mechanisms of the biodiversity of plant communities. We are monitoring forest dynamics with long-term and large-scale permanent plots in a tropical rain forest of Malaysian Borneo and a warm evergreen oak forest of Japan.

[1] Yoda (1963) Self-thinning in overcrowded pure stands under cultivated and natural conditions (Intraspecific competition among higher plants. XI). J. Inst. Polytech. Osaka City Univ. Ser.D. 14:107-129

[2] Shinozaki et al. (1964) A quantitative analysis of plant form -the pipe model theory: I. basic analyses. Jap. J. Ecol. 14:97-105

[3] Kira & Shidei (1967) Primary production and turnover of organic matter in different forest ecosystems of the western Pacific. Jap. J. Ecol. 17:70-87

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